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Éric Gemme to step into CFO role at Lassonde Industries

Éric Gemme

Éric Gemme

Quebec-based Lassonde Industries has announced that Éric Gemme will step into the role of chief financial officer on April 1. The appointment is what the company describes as a “long-prepared transition plan” as Gemme replaces Guy Blanchette, current executive vice-president and chief financial officer, who is retiring at the end of March after 14 years at the company.

Gemme, who joined the company in 2014, is currently senior vice-president and chief financial officer of the Lassonde Pappas and Company Inc. division.

Post-retirement, Blanchette will continue his relationship with Lassonde serving as a strategic advisor to its CEO Nathalie Lassonde.


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Coca-Cola Canada makes changes to its sales team

Screen Shot 2021-01-15 at 10.57.13 AMWith its senior vice-president of sales Scott Lindsay retiring at the end of next month, Coca-Cola Canada has made changes to its executive roster. These changes took effect Jan. 1.

Tim McNerney, who has been with the company for eight years, was promoted from vice-president of sales to head of Canadian retail sales.

Additionally, Caroline Nadeau has been promoted from vice-president of sales to lead commercial strategy efforts across Canada and the North East United States. She has been with the company for seven years.

Originally published at Canadian Grocer. 


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Core-Mark announces leadership promotions

Core-Mark Holding Company, one of the largest marketers of fresh, food and broad-line supply solutions to the convenience retail industry in North America, announced two appointments to the executive team, effective immediately.

Linkedin: Chris Hobson

Linkedin: Chris Hobson

Chris Hobson is now EVP & COO. According to a statement, Hobson is “a well-regarded industry leader in driving growth and distribution centre excellence with over 20 years of Core-Mark experience.” He most recently served as SVP for the company’s Eastern Divisions and previously served as SVP of Western Divisions, as well as SVP of sales & marketing and in other key roles focused on growth and operational excellence. Earlier in his career, Hobson held progressing leadership roles with  7-Eleven.

Linkedin: Andy Newkirk

Linkedin: Andy Newkirk

Andy Newkirk joins Core-Mark’s executive ranks in his promotion to SVP of operations and will report to Hobson. Prior to this role, Newkirk served as VP of Operations for four years. Earlier in his career, he held various senior leadership roles at Sysco Corporation and Kellogg Company, providing him with an extensive background in complex supply chain operations.

“The promotion of Chris and Andy into top operational roles recognizes two incredible leaders in the Company for their contributions to our success and positions them to drive greater contributions to our growth and operational performance,” said Scott McPherson, Core-Mark president and CEO. “As we continue to position Core-Mark for the future, these changes provide the company a solid foundation to achieve our 2021 objectives and drive future performance.”

The company said the appointments make it a unified Division Leadership Organization, while streamlining the executive reporting structure. Founded in 1888, Core-Mark offers a full range of products, marketing programs and technology solutions to approximately 41,000 customer locations in the U.S. and Canada through 32 distribution centres (excluding two distribution facilities the Company operates as a third-party logistics provider).


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Nestlé Canada to welcome new president and CEO

JP-Carmichael-072518-200x300John Carmichael (pictured) will replace Jeff Hamilton as president and CEO of Nestlé Canada when the latter takes on a new role in Europe next year.

Hamilton, who has been with Nestlé for close to 30 years, is moving to Switzerland to lead Nestlé Purina EMENA (Europe, Middle East and North Africa). He leaves his role with Nestlé Canada on Feb. 1.

Carmichael is currently president of the Foods Division at Nestlé USA. He began his career with Nestlé in 1995 in Pet Care and has since worked in various capacities and businesses throughout the company.


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Recovering from COVID 19, Altria CEO Howard Willard retires

UnknownAltria Group says that Chairman and CEO Howard Willard, who was recovering from COVID-19, has retired. Altria, the maker of Marlboro cigarettes, did not say if the 56-year-old Willard’s retirement was related to his illness. The company said Willard, whose career spanned 28 years at the company, decided to retire.

CFO Billy Gifford replaced Willard as CEO effective April 17.

The board of directors credited Willard for guiding the company as it transitions away from traditional cigarettes into non-combustibles. Late in 2018, Richmond, Virginia-based Altria discontinued its own e-cigarette line and bought a 35% stake in Juul Labs. U.S. regulators are suing to break up that multi-billion deal, saying the partnership was effectively an agreement not to compete in the U.S. vaping market.

Sales of Juul have been in decline in recent months as the company finds itself under state and federal investigations, lawsuits and flavour restrictions aimed at curbing underage vaping.

The board also decided to separate the roles of chairman and CEO. Thomas Farrell, formerly the board’s independent presiding director, was named the new independent chairman.